Now, with Duke unbeaten as it prepares to play Tulane on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas), Kyler Brown and Jonathan Jones are in line for extended playing time.
Freshman Zavier Carmichael is an important reserve behind redshirt freshman Chris Holmes at weak-side linebacker for the Duke, who will carry an unbeaten record into a game with Tulane on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas).
Sporting a 3-0 record for the first time since 1994, Duke will welcome Tulane to Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday with the Blue Devils wearing throwback uniforms, including helmets, to honor the 1989 team that shared the ACC championship with Virginia.
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WILSON SETS DUKE SINGLE-GAME RUSHING MARK IN 41-3 ROUT OF KANSAS
On an easy day of football for Duke, freshman Shaun Wilson introduced himself to the rest of the ACC in a big way on Saturday.
The freshman running back ran for a 245 yards and three touchdowns, setting three Duke records along the way, as the Blue Devils routed Kansas 41-3 at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Wilson set the Duke single-game rushing record and became the first Duke freshman to rush for three touchdowns in game. He broke the previous single-game rushing record total of 238, set by Robert Baldwin against Maryland in 1994.
A Charlotte native, Wilson scored on runs covering 69, 68 and 45 yards.
The win gives Duke (3-0) an unbeaten record after three games for the first time since the Blue Devils started 7-0 in 1994.
Quarterback Anthony Boone and wide receiver Max McCaffrey also contributed to the blowout, connecting for touchdowns covering 36 yards in the first quarter and 10 yards in the third quarter.
Two years ago, half a world away, Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones helped win gold for USA Basketball. While that made the trip to Lithuania successful, it also set the stage for where the three are beginning their college basketball careers.
Duke’s coaches point to the team’s play on first down as an area in need of improvement.
After a few weeks of troubling news on the injury front, Duke has a good health vibe this week. Linebacker C.J. France, who missed the 34-17 win over Troy with a leg injury last week, practiced this week and will available for the Blue Devils’ game with Kansas on Saturday (3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas). Also available will be defensive tackles Jamal Bruce and Jamal Wallace, both hurt at Troy on Saturday.
The Americans moved within a victory of repeating as world champions for the first time with a 96-68 victory over Lithuania on Thursday night.
David Cutcliffe is getting ready to coach Saturday against a man he never really got the chance to work with — Charlie Weis. Cutcliffe spent only a few months on Weis’ first staff at Notre Dame in 2005 and resigned without ever coaching a game there because he had complications following open heart surgery.
Junior forward had been recovering from hip injury all summer